MPD makes major drug arrest

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police officers, having just worked the “Click It or Ticket” program for the day were on normal patrol in the area of Bailey Street Tuesday evening when they made a major drug arrest.

Charles Wayne Woods Jr., 28, of the 300 block of Terrel Rd., Minden, was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, 4 counts of possession of marijuana, possession of firearms with a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of open container, improper parking and driving while intoxicated.

Chief Jared McIver said officers Kendale Booker and Ben Sparks observed Woods’ 2004 GMC improperly parked.

“Officers made contact with the driver – Woods – and his passenger,” McIver said. “During the course of their investigation, Off. Booker noticed the odor of marijuana emitting from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.”

Due to the behavior of both occupants, officers, along with Lt. Brandon Curry, advised the men of their rights and placed them in handcuffs.

Officers recovered 477 grams of marijuana, more than a dozen THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) Tubes (Vape Pens), THC Wax, THC edibles, Ziploc bags and scales. Street value reportedly between $3-4,000.

They located two firearms, one of which allegedly was stolen and an open bottle of beer.

“Woods told officers the marijuana belonged to him, so the passenger was not taken into custody,” McIver said. “But Woods was showing signs of impairment and, following Standardized Field Sobriety Test and Drug Recognition Evaluator test was deemed to be under the influence of Cannabis.”

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